Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Community Development

CDFIs and Transit-Oriented Development

Author(s): Center for Transit-Oriented Development

October 1, 2010

Transit-oriented development (TOD) can provide households with more opportunities and choices. Ideal TOD communities are mixed-use neighborhoods with good-quality public transit that connect people of a variety of incomes to a wide range of economic, social, and educational opportunities. TODs incorporate access to human services such as child care facilities, fresh food stores, health care facilities, and cultural and educational institutions within a short walking distance of transit. Families living in transit areas can significantly reduce the time and cost spent on their daily commute to work, and the other trips required for their daily chores, allowing for more disposable income and leisure time. Compact and pedestrian-oriented environments also generate demonstrated public health benefits by reducing obesity and preventing related health problems. This special report explores how CDFIs can be utilized to provide financing for TOD projects.

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